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April 4, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Victims of Violence Holy Day – This is the anniversary of MLK's death. The second of three Emancipation Days of Respect which honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting respect, unity and remembrance.

National Cordon Bleu Day – Get yourself a tenderized chicken breast, wrap it around some sliced ham, roll it in some breading and bake. There's dinner for you.

Hug A Newsman Day – We depend on our newspeople to keep us informed about what is going on in the world as a whole as well as in our own little piece of it.  Although they do sensationalize a bit to get us to read/watch their reports because ultimately it all comes down to making money.  We all have to eat after all and newspeople are no different in that regard.

Vitamin C Day – Focus on what you are eating today. Are you getting enough Vitamin C in the foods you eat? Maybe you need to eat more spinach or citrus fruits. I know, not exactly what you wanted to hear.  But it’s important to maintain a healthy body and it’s better for you to get your vitamins from fruits and vegetables rather than from pills.

Walk Around Things Day – I am really going to celebrate this day with every fiber of my being.  I am determined that I am not going to walk into one single thing today.  I am going to join in the spirit of the day and walk around and not through everything that even comes close to being in my path.  The bruises that I already have on my legs do not need any friends to join them.  Just keep in mind that the obstacles that need to be avoided are not always physical, they can be emotional as well.  Contemplate that one for a while.

School Librarian Day – Another day with some controversy regarding when it should be celebrated. But it definitely should be celebrated at some point. Where would we be in our educational lives without the School Librarian. I have heard that some schools have had to cut their librarians to save money and I think that is a disservice to the children of those schools.  Librarians are an invaluable resource for almost any situation you can think of.

International Carrot Day – Begun in 2003, this is a day for carrot lovers all over the world.  Apparently, centuries ago, these were first grown as medicine instead of food. There are many different kinds of carrots so experiment a little, I'm sure you will find one to your liking.

Tell A Lie Day – I have seen a website that links this day to George Orwell's 1984 because the main character was forced to live a lie. That may or may not be the real origin, but whatever it happens to be, today is a day to be less than truthful, not something I normally encourage so I'm hoping my children don't look at this today.

International Day For Mine Awareness & Assistance In Mine Action – There are many places in this world where hidden landmines left over from past wars make life very dangerous for the people who have to live in those former war zones.  The UN is dedicated to locating and disarming each and every leftover landmine, but that takes a lot of time and money and skill so they need lots of help.

World Rat Day – This is a day to highlight the fancy rat and how it is a great pet to have. But I'm not going to tell you that because I don't want my children to start wanting one. So you'll have to look at the web page and decide for yourself.
National D.A.R.E. Day – Every year, the President of the United States designates a day around this time of year to be a National D.A.R.E. Day. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and it involves police officers educating kids in school about the hazards of drugs.

National Love Our Children Day – Celebrated on the first Saturday in April and recognized by proclamation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg every year that he was Mayor (presumably this will be done by the present Mayor as well), this day is about seeing the value of children and giving them the love, protection and respect they need.

Tangible Karma Day – This is a day of giving. Giving your time, skills, or possessions you don’t need, to others is the theme for this day which is always celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Do whatever you can to help someone today: volunteer to help a friend, have a party where you give away things you don't need, or volunteer at a local charity.

To celebrate today, while you are out and about, make sure you watch for land mines and carefully walk around them.  Then give some carrots to someone in need.  Stop at a local newspaper office where you will find a newsman to hug, then when you get to work, call up your school librarian and invite her over for a dinner of cordon bleu.  While you are at work, lie to your co-workers and tell them you love rats.  When you get home to prepare the cordon bleu, tell your kids that you love them before you tell them all about D.A.R.E., then add something full of Vitamin C to your dinner menu and say a prayer for all of the victims of violence in the world.

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